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LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Review

LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Review - A sensor cleaning kit for just £40 that lets you clean your own sensor? We find out how it performs in our review.

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Category : Cleaning Equipment
Product : LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit
Price : £40
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Sensorklear Loupe Kit

This sensor cleaning kit from Lenspen includes a blower, sensor cleaning pen and a loupe to make spotting dust specks on your sensor easier. All this only costs around £40, which seems quite good value, especially as Lenspen proudly state that the kit is used and trusted by NASA. In this review we'll take a good look at how easy the kit is to use, and how it performs.

LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Features

LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Box (2)

In the box you are provided with a Lenspen SensorKlear II cleaning pen, for removing stubborn dust, a blower, for removing less stubborn particles, a loupe, which is designed to fit snugly onto the camera mount and is illuminated with a ring of LED lights, two AAA batteries and a pouch to keep everything together.

Key Features

  • Dry cleaning system uses no fluids
  • Blower included for removing less stubborn dust specks
  • LED illuminated loupe
  • Loupe has an opening in the side to enable cleaning whilst in place
  • Batteries included
  • Carry pouch included
  • Includes articulated Lenspes Sensorklear II cleaning pen

LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Handling

SensorKlearIILoupe 675

The cleaning process is quite straightforward. First use the blower to remove any loose dust particles that aren't adhered to the sensor.

SensorKlearIILoupe 676

Use the LED illuminated loupe to check the sensor for dust. A ring around the loupe allows you adjust for focus, and there is a preset setting marked for cleaning Four Thirds sensors, which is handy if you have one.

SensorKlearIILoupe 677

Then, use the edge of the cleaning tip of the Sensorklear pen to remove stubborn dust from the sensor with the loupe in place.

SensorKlearIILoupe 680

LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Performance

Given a steady hand, and a little time to set everything up correctly, this sensor cleaning kit is very effective. The supplied blower is great for removing detritous from the sensor chamber and loose dust from the sensor itself.

SensorKlearIILoupe Before 673
Before

Having the loupe at your disposal makes spotting even the tiniest of dust particles very easy indeed. Each spec is well illuminated by the LED lights, making them stand out a mile, and the Sensorklear pen does a great job of removing them. The loupe itself can be a little tricky to set up on some cameras, especially full frame cameras, as it can be difficult to see the whole sensor area through the loupe. Cameras with smaller sensors, such as Nikon DX, or APS-C sizes, are catered for much better by the loupe.

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After

One niggle with the packaging is that the eyepiece of the loupe has a piece of protective plastic attached to it, which needs removing before use. The protective plastic can be difficult to remove, as there is no extended tab to grab hold of to peel it off.

Value For Money

With a price of around £40 this kit represents excellent value for money, especially as other loupes designed for sensor cleaning, like the Visible Dust Quasar Sensor Loupe can cost £75 on its own, with no cleaning materials and the Delkin Loupe Sensor cleaning kit costs around £100. The Sensorklear II cleaning pen can be picked up for around £10 on its own, so the kit with the loupe and blower represents a slight saving compared to buying items individually.

LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Verdict

Although using a loupe for sensor cleaning may seem unnecessary to some, it does help greatly in spotting that speck you know will appear in every picture you take with an overcast sky. For only £40 for the whole kit, this cleaning system represents excellent value for money. Not only is it good value, but it is very effective also, allowing you to be sure you've captured every last particle of dust that may show in images.

LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Pros

Very effective cleaning system
Articulated Sensorklear pen is easy to use
Illuminated loupe makes spotting dust easy
Blower is effective at removing loose particles
Carry pouch and batteries included
Dedicated setting for Micro Four Thirds
Very good value for money

LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit Cons

Loupe doesn't quite cover the whole area of a full frame sensor
Protective film on loupe eyepiece can be difficult to remove

FEATURES  
HANDLING  
PERFORMANCE  
VALUE FOR MONEY  
VERDICT  

The LensPen Sensoklear Loupe Kit is very effective and very good value for money.

 

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Comments


lumix5 3 219 Northern Ireland
23 Jul 2014 10:39AM
I have this kit and would recommend it. Works just as the reviews says.

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dannyr 5 18 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2014 2:14PM
Interesting. Might Pick one up.

Just curious what does the pen tip look like, is it a brush?
lumix5 3 219 Northern Ireland
29 Jul 2014 5:37PM
It is a small triangular shaped pad which you can get right into the corners of the sensor.

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